“Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists” – Gramophone
Boris Berezovsky, renowned for his finesse and unique sensibility, is without a doubt one of the greatest musicians of our day.
He was born in Moscow and studied at the conservatory there with Elisso Virsaladze and received tutoring from Alexander Satz. He made his début in 1988 at London’s Wigmore Hall. The Times declared him “an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power”.Two years later he won a gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Boris Berezovsky plays with the greatest conductors from the most prestigious contemporary orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, London Philharmonia, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg NDR Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Birmingham and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Berlin Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others.
He is invited regularly to play in major international recital series. These have included the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Series, the Concertgebouw International Piano Series and major concert halls such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the Vienna Konzerthaus. In January 2007, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris granted him an extensive Carte Blanche.
He won Best Instrumentalist 2006 at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.
Boris Berezovsky has a particular interest in chamber music and regularly performs with Vadim Repin, Henri Demarquette and the Borodin Quartet. In August 2004, the Trio B. Berezovsky, D. Makhtin and A. Kniazev received a Diapason d’Or recommendation for their Tchaikovsky DVD, which featured pieces for piano, violin and cello, and the Elegiac Trio (In Memory of a Great Artist). It aired on French television on the Arte channel and on NHK in Japan. Berezovsky has recorded Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 and Rachmaninov’s Elegiac Trio No. 2 for Warner Classics. He has received numerous awards, including the Choc de la Musique prize in France, the Gramophone award in the UK, and the Echo Klassik Preis in Germany.
Berezovsky has recorded several works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Moussorgsky, Balakirev, Medtner and Ravel, as well as Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, for Teldec. His performance of the Sonata No. 1 by Rachmaninov received a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik award, and his Ravel recital received special recommendations from Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, the BBC Music Magazine and The Independent on Sunday.
He has also recorded the Preludes and the entire Rachmaninov Concertos with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitri Liss for Mirare, as well as a universally acclaimed CD of Rachmaninov for two pianos with Brigitte Engerer. He recorded a CD of public performances of Liszt at the Royal Festival Hall in London and at La Grange de Meslay in Tours, France. He contributed to the Saint-Saëns album with Henri Demarquette, Brigitte Engerer and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, conducted by Joseph Swensen (winner of the Choc de l’Année 2010 award).
Boris Berezovsky’s upcoming performances include concerts with: Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Rome and Doha, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal/Kent Nagano in Montreal and Kyoto, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov in Paris, Philharmoniker Hamburg/Pinchas Steinberg, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu, Orchestre de Paris/Alexander Vedernikov. The artist will also appear in a chamber music performance with Vadim Repin for a tour of France, with the Borodin Quartet in Istanbul, and will give recitals in the most prestigious concert halls.
Boris Berezovsky took over from his friend Brigitte Engerer as Artistic Director for the Beauvais Festival Pianoscope.